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'Berthing' a commercial space industry

George Leopold
5/25/2012 06:15 PM EDT

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docdivakar
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docdivakar   6/1/2012 12:59:52 AM
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Seems like SpaceX learnt faster than NASA from failures and that too at a far lower price tag. That may be a lesson for all to learn from in the space business. I wish them continued success. MP Divakar

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george.leopold   5/29/2012 1:24:14 PM
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I think that's about right, Duane. It's just that few thought SpaceX would pull it off on the first try. This indicates that SpaceX is diligent and that NASA is properly managing its COTS program. Don Pettit, one of the space station astronauts who helped with the "grapple and berthing" operation last Friday (May 25), said he made a close inspection of the Dragon capsule after the hatch was opened and said he was impressed with the engineering. Who knows, maybe he'll get to ride in the Dragon spacecraft some day.

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Duane Benson   5/29/2012 2:53:42 AM
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"Musk said a few weeks ago that you learn more from success from failure." This statement does fly a bit in the face of conventional wisdom. But his words don't really consider that SpaceX is built on decades of failures and successes. In my mind, this is a good example of how public/private research and commercialization should work. NASA experienced many failures and successes and made much of that data available to private industry. There is still a huge amount of risk and, yes, lives will be on the line some day, but the hyper-risk era has been handled. This isn't quite a passing of the torch of orbital space from public to private, but it's an event on that continuum.

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Sanjib.A   5/28/2012 6:57:27 AM
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I think many such challenges are inevitable in the first several missions participated by the private companies such as SpaceX. I believe we learn more from our failures. Can imagine how much tension would have been around when Dragon faced docking challenges, but I'm sure, apart from tasting the joy of success, the problems provided more lessons to be learned for future missions.

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_hm   5/27/2012 4:31:38 PM
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Kudos to SpacceX. Very encouraging news for Space industry. I look forward to see manned cargo to Space Station.

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